The newly-floated Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh of former Congress leader Narayan Rane today won an election in Sindhudurg district of coastal Maharashtra, wresting the control of a local body from his erstwhile party.
MSP contested the municipal council polls at Kankavli in the district against BJP, which recently sent Rane to the Rajya Sabha as its candidate.
MSP won 10 out of 17 seats, the BJP and Shiv Sena won three each, while the NCP got one. The Congress, which controlled the municipal council earlier, drew a blank.
He founded his own outfit, MSP, and declared support to the BJP-led NDA.
Nitesh Rane, though critical of Congress leadership, has not quit the party yet.